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Boston Office (Administration)
185 Dartmouth Street
6th floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652
fax:617-236-4505
e-mail:info@baa.org
Hopkinton Office (Registration)
One Ash Street
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:registration@baa.org

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Stop for assistance and direction at one of the 26 Red Cross aid stations along the course. Sweep buses pick up runners at every Red Cross station with drop-off at the finish area medical tent. Aid stations along the course close at staggered times during the day. Finish area facilities officially close six hours after the last runner crosses the start line in Hopkinton. (About 6:00 p.m.)

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We are aware that some entrants may not receive their Boston Marathon Participant Guide, Runner Passport, or Number Pick-up Card in the mail before departing for Boston. If you do not receive your participant mailing in time for the Boston Marathon, please bring a government issued photo ID to the Solutions Center in the bib number pick-up area of the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. Once there, volunteers and members of our runner services team will issue you a replacement Number Pick-up Card. Volunteers will also direct you to where you can pick up your bib number.

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Portable toilets will be located at each fluid station. We've also added many portable toilets to the start and finish area.

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Digital clocks, positioned at every mile and at the finish line, will indicate the unofficial time from the starter's gun.

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Please send a detailed email to 10kregistration@baa.org concerning your request, and your registration will be updated accordingly. Please allow sufficient time for the correction to be made.
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Please send a detailed email to 5kregistration@baa.org concerning your request, and your registration will be updated accordingly. Please allow sufficient time for the correction to be made.
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While it is popular belief that in 1887 the B.A.A. founders chose the Unicorn as the organization’s symbol due to its place in mythology (Chinese and other mythologies regard the figure as an ideal and something to be pursued but which can never be caught), it is more likely that the Unicorn was borrowed from the coat of arms from one of the B.A.A.'s first families. Still, the now iconic Unicorn stands for striving for excellence.... even it can never be achieved.

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All prize money winners will be scored by gun time. All age group division awards will be awarded by net time.

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Official Entrants receive:

  • Admission to the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo
  • Long sleeved t-shirt
  • Bib number
  • An official result from an electronically recorded official timing system
  • Runner Gear Check bag
  • Boston Marathon Official Program
  • Complimentary ticket for the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
  • Complimentary transportation to the start
  • Access to the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, providing entertainment, light refreshments, Poland Spring water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, ClifBar products, bagels, tenting, and portable toilets.
  • Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula along the course
  • First aid / medical facilities along the course and at the finish area
  • Athlete tracking
  • A finisher’s medal upon finishing the marathon (to be considered an official finisher, you must cross the finish line on Boylston Street prior to finish mats being removed) 
  • Baggage and dressing area (no showers)
  • Massage
  • Family meeting area
  • Admission to the Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary ticket for the Post-Race Party
  • Results postcard providing all 5km split information, official and net times
  • Finisher’s certificate (mailed during the summer)
  • Results book (mailed over the summer)
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Historically, runners who beat their qualifying standard by a larger amount of time are more likely to be accepted into the Boston Marathon. Due to field size limitations, as well as a hightened interest in participation, a "cut-off" time (a time below the minimum qualifying standard for age and gender) has been established. Below is a list of when entrants needed to obtain a faster time than their minimum standard in order to be accepted into the race:

  • For the 2012 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 74 seconds or faster. 
  • For the 2014 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 98 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2015 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 62 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2016 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 2 minutes and 28 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2017 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 2 minutes and 9 second or faster.

Although these were the cases for previous years, we cannot predict how competitive the registration process will be for any given year, or how quickly it will fill. If you don’t have a qualifying time but still wish to participate, you can apply to run for the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Click the button below for more information:

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